Let us recall, that Roxy Music had a massive hit with 'Jealous Guy' following the death of John Lennon.
The song became a number 1 hit as Lennon's own sales went through the roof - something the music world is experiencing again now for the recently deceased Michael Jackson (according to reports, his sales have increased 80 fold in the last few days).
Another Lennon tribute was the song 'All Those Years Ago' by George Harrison. This song was also a massive hit (reaching US #2) and perhaps considering who it featured and that it was an original song, it was deemed more appropriate than Roxy's blatant cover.
Over the course of many years since, other original songs created as Lennon tributes have appeared - some of them I can immediately think of include Neil Young (Peace and Love), Queen (Life is Real - Song for Lennon) and The Cranberries (I Just Shot John Lennon).
So now we come to the Bowie song 'Wood Jackson', a song seemingly written with no market place in mind and a song that may or may not be about Michael Jackson. Different to 'Jealous Guy', this is Bowie's original words and music and here we have his own feelings as they appeared some 7 years ago. It is also considered to be one of Bowie's most gorgeous songs of the last two decades and as we know too well, it was criminally relegated to bside obscurity.
The somber, organ intro seems even more fitting following the death of Jackson. Of course, it may not be about him at all but some lyrics fit very well including the title that evokes the changed physical appearance of Jackson, the references to critics and haters and a chorus that may reference the children he was fond of but ultimately caused his demise. All this with a subtlety and lack of finger pointing that only Bowie can really muster. Finally, Bowie says "Jackson took the beating every day .... given out .... passed away .... another way".
A video for the song could simply be a montage of Michael Jackson images. At the same time, it would also be fantastic to see some images of the current Bowie, stepping out from behind the curtain of a self imposed retirement from his own heart attack 5 years ago.
'Wood Jackson' has the capacity to be one of the most brilliant comebacks and tributes ever released. So go ahead Bowie/EMI/Columbia/ISO ... finally give this song the proper release it deserves!
Well, 100% Brit (and apparently proud of it) is being a bit over the top when he says 8 hours [of Outside outtakes]. I'd love to know the truth concerning what 100% git really has ~ Reeves Gabrels, 2003